Editor’s Note: This report was issued Monday, April 22, after the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area surveyed the use of plastics in downtown Cooperstown.
By MELINDA HARDIN & MAUREEN MURRAY
Special to The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERTOWN – Our Planet Earth cannot digest plastic. With that fact in mind the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area has partnered with other local environmentally conscious organizations, to encourage local retail merchants and restaurants to reduce or eliminate the use of plastics. “We also want to educate consumers about eco-friendly shopping and eating out behaviors”, said League member, Melinda Hardin, who initiated this project.
Over the past two weeks, League members visited 48 local merchants and restaurants and completed a brief face-to-face survey on the use of, and interest in, reducing or eliminating the use of plastics and non-recyclable or non-compostable materials, as well as barriers to eco-friendly practices.
COOPERSTOWN – Melinda Hardin, the local Democratic organizer, hosted a meeting of party faithful this morning to discuss what to do as a result of Donald Trump’s election as president.
Hardin had planned to host the gathering at her and husband Lou Allstadt’s home; (he is an independent). But the response was so great – 85 attended – the meeting needed to be moved to the First Presbyterian church hall.
Attendees included prominent Democrats from Cooperstown, such as former Bassett CEO Bill Streck, and from Oneonta, such as Deb Marcus, director of Family Planning of South Central New York and a prominent Democrat in the city. Danielle Henrici, wife of Democratic election commissioner Mike Henrici, also commented.